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Paralympian Will Bayley Joins Forces with Merkur UK

Merkur UK has announced its first brand ambassador, Will Bayley, the world number 1 Paralympic table tennis player.

In addition to achieving fame for his sporting prowess, Bayley is also well known for his appearance on several television shows such as the 2019 series of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. In his new role, he will be helping to develop the Merkur Initiative program, which provides financial support to community charities and good causes.

The Merkur UK general manager, Sascha Blodau, described it as a “total pleasure” to welcome Bayley. He explained that Bayley was born with a rare congenital disorder that affects all four limbs. Once he turned three months, Bayley underwent a series of operations at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital and he then had to return to the world famous children’s hospital for chemotherapy when he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 7.

Having taken up table tennis while recovering from cancer he has gone on a remarkable and inspirational journey to become the most successful British Paralympic Table Tennis player of all time and was confirmed as the World Number 1 at a recent tournament in Finland. His fascinating story also includes a period attending the Brit School for performing arts and drama as well as being made an MBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List.

Sascha BlodauMerkur UK General Manager

Blodau added that he looks forward to working with Bayley on several projects including the Merkur Initiative scheme, which has helped 44 community charities and good causes in the last 12 months alone. Merkur will also be supporting Bayley as he prepares for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Speaking about his new role, Bayley said, “The work they [Merkur UK] are doing in the community is outstanding and I hope to be able to contribute my insight and life experience, working with the team to identify recipient charities, seeing how they are progressing and doing what I can to help.”

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